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Houston Texans Set to Return to Work After Bye Week
October 29th, 2012 at 8:12 AM
After a much-deserved week off to rest and recuperate, the Houston Texans begin a normal workweek today in preparation for Sunday’s contest against the Buffalo Bills. Painful for fans but necessary for the team, the Texans spent their bye week correcting small mistakes and working towards improving in several areas. ***PHOTO1*** The...

Do the Houston Texans Have a Fear of the Limelight?
October 16th, 2012 at 10:07 AM
***PHOTO1*** Coming off a dominant 4-0 start, the Houston Texans played the past two weeks in nationally televised, primetime games against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. In both contests, the Texans did not appear to put their best...

Houston Texans Vs. Denver Broncos: Week Three Key Matchup
September 20th, 2012 at 10:34 AM
This week’s key matchup for the Houston Texans is one of the few times all season in which the mental aspect is as, or more, prevalent than the physical component. Their road trip to Denver to take on the Broncos will feature familiar foe QB Peyton Manning. As was touched...

Houston Texans Finalize 53-Man Roster Following Friday Cuts
September 1st, 2012 at 1:57 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday was the toughest day of the year for roughly 700 NFL players as teams were required to reduce the size of their roster from 75 to 53 players. Difficult choices were made across the league, with the Houston Texans as no exception. The obvious cuts were mixed with...

Houston Texans Vs. Minnesota Vikings Preseason Game Preview
August 30th, 2012 at 8:03 AM
The final preseason game of the year for the Houston Texans probably has little public appeal. Tonight’s game at home against the Minnesota Vikings will almost exclusively feature the team’s backup players and those fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster. The starters will not see any of...

Houston Texans Final 53 Man Roster Prediction
August 29th, 2012 at 8:31 AM
Thursday will be the Houston Texans’ final preseason contest, which will primarily feature reserve players as the first-teamers rest and prepare for the regular season opener. Looming just past Thursday’s game is Friday’s cuts when the Texans will release the remaining lot of players to get under the 53-man roster...

Houston Texans Position Battles at Right Tackle, Kicker Finally Over
August 28th, 2012 at 7:50 AM
***PHOTO1*** It didn’t quite take the entire preseason as many expected, but the Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and his staff has finally made decisions on their starting right tackle and kicker for the upcoming 2012 NFL season. RT Derek Newton will be the final starter along the O-line...

Houston Texans Make First Round of Roster Cuts
August 27th, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Sunday night the Houston Texans reduced their active roster to 75 players after releasing and making other injury-related roster moves with 15 of their former employed. As always there was a mix of surprises and expected cuts. Season threatening/ending injuries always make the decision a bit easier for the coaches,...

Houston Texans Release First Depth Chart
August 8th, 2012 at 8:45 AM
After the first nine days of training camp, the Houston Texans’ coaches have finally updated their depth chart to reflect the progress of the team and the individual players. The official list can be found on the team’s website here, recreated below. Offense Pos First Second Third Other WR1 Andre Johnson Keshawn Martin Lestar Jean Juaquin Iglesias         Jerrell Jackson LT Duane Brown Andrew Gardner Nathan Menkin   LG Wade Smith Kasey Studdard Cody...

Houston Texans Wrap up First Day of Training Camp
July 28th, 2012 at 6:44 PM
For the first time in nearly six months, the Houston Texans took the field as a team in an official practice to prep for the upcoming 2012 campaign. The approx. 5,000 in attendance witnessed the team’s first double session of the new season, a grueling full practice in the morning...

Houston Texans Vs. Dallas Cowboys: the Different Sides of Wade Phillips
June 29th, 2012 at 9:43 AM
Continuing Texans 101’s comparison of the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys and the Texans’ subsequent superiority, today is a look at Wade Phillips. The reigning NFL Coordinator of the Year joined the Texans staff prior to the 2011 season after being fired midseason in 2010 as the Cowboys’ head coach....

Houston Texans Vs. Dallas Cowboys: Roster Construction
June 28th, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Yesterday, Texans 101 looked at the organizational structures of both the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys, showing how Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wears too many hats to the detriment of his franchise. In contrast, the Texans have a standard chain of command and have worked together to form an effective...

Houston Texans Vs. Dallas Cowboys: Organizational Structure
June 27th, 2012 at 9:49 AM
Most NFL teams are structured the same way. All have a business operations half and a football operations half. On the football side, there is a head coach, a general manager, and an executive president or vice president in charge of overseeing all football related business. In all cases, the...

Newly Extended Houston Texans GM Rick Smith Still Has Work to Do
June 18th, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Last week saw the awaited contract extensions of both Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith. After finally getting the franchise over the hump and into the playoffs for the first time, both men deserved the extensions to continue building what they’ve started. Kubiak and Smith...

Houston Texans Fans are Optimistically Objective
June 16th, 2012 at 3:28 PM
Earlier this week, an article posted by Bleacher Reports’ AFC South blogger Nate Dunleavy entitled “AFC South Blind Side: What Houston Texans Fans Wont Admit,” sparked some online controversy about some of the comments he made regarding the team, those who write about the team, and the fan base in...

Houston Texans Finish Mini-Camp on a High Note
June 15th, 2012 at 9:14 AM
After a subpar Tuesday and abysmal Wednesday, Thursday saw the Houston Texans finish up their three-day mini-camp with a solid practice that wrapped things up for the team until training camp in late July. The rookie heavy practices had plenty of their ups and downs, but in the end head...

Houston Texans Give Extensions to HC Gary Kubiak, GM Rick Smith
June 14th, 2012 at 3:08 PM
In a move anticipated for over a month now, the Houston Texans and owner Bob McNair have extended the contracts of both head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith. The deals are coming on the heels off both the franchise’s first playoff appearance and playoff victory in 2011....

Day One of Houston Texans Mini-Camp: Rookies, Tryouts, and Fat Jokes
June 13th, 2012 at 9:30 AM
The opening day of Houston Texans’ mini-camp was, in a word, interesting. The three-day practice session primarily for the Texans’ younger players and those new to the team was full of storylines and intrigue, from the standard talk of who stood out, to a quartet of veterans trying out with...

Young Houston Texans Start Mini-Camp Today
June 12th, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Tuesday starts mini-camp for the rookies and younger players for the Houston Texans at the Methodist Training Facility. The coaching staff will be on the field with the younger players without the veterans, giving the coaches a chance to pay undivided attention to the youngsters as they continue to develop...

Houston Texans Coaches, Players Weigh in on Completion of OTAs
June 9th, 2012 at 1:27 PM
At the conclusion of the Texans’ final organized team activity of the summer, several coaches and players expressed their impressions of OTAs and where the club is headed in the ensuing weeks and months leading up to the start of the season. The main focuses were injuries and progression, particularly...